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From The Principal

Hello Graebner Families,

February is here and the learning at Graebner continues! This is a busy month ahead, and I have provided a calendar below with upcoming dates to remember. We continue to work toward a safe parking lot for our students.

Additional teachers will be outside during arrival and dismissal. Here are just a few reminders:

-Please use the crosswalks. Do not cross between buses. There are crosswalks provided at both end of the lot
Cars are not to go past the student crosswalk and park in the back of the building after school. (please see the posted sign regarding this)
-An adult is always required to accompany any student in the lot .
Please let student off only between the orange cones. We have widened this area to hold at least three cars. Please pull all the way to the front of the area. Students should get out on the curb side of the vehicle.

There will be some Construction during the Mid-Winter Break. When we return you will notice some new construction at the front of the building. This will not effect the arrival and dismissal procedures at this time.


Jami Wood


The staff of Graebner Elementary School, within an ordered, nurturing environment, defines its mission as follows: to teach children to learn academic and social skills in a positive and cooperative manner and to enhance self esteem, so as to prepare children to become contributing, successful members of society.

The following dates have been confirmed.  As additional dates are provided, I will share them with you.

First Student Day:                   
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 (Full day secondary, Half day elementary)

Thanksgiving Break:               
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 through Friday, November 29, 2019

Winter Break:                          
Monday, December 23, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020

MLK Jr Holiday:                     
Monday, January 20, 2020

Mid-Winter Break:                  
Monday, February 17, 2020 through Friday, February 21, 2020

Spring Break:                          
Monday, April 6, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020

Additional dates and calendar elements including but not limited to potential further closed dates, half-days, exam schedules conference windows and the end of school date continue to be considered and will be released once determined.

UCS Vision

All children have the right to a rigorous, high-quality education which meets their individual needs. UCS will respect, encourage and empower each and every student to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful, contributing members of a diverse community and global society.

UCS Mission

We are committed to exemplary teaching and learning in order for our students to be prepared for success in the 21st Century.
We will achieve this commitment by engaging the entire community to focus on each child's achievement, with the expectation that every student will pursue some type of post-high school educational endeavor.

Core Values

  • Every child can learn and achieve.
  • Parents and guardians are partners in the learning process.
  • Being “smart” can be achieved through persistence, hard work and effective effort.
  • Excellence is expected and celebrated.
  • Data is used to guide our decision-making.
  • All employees will exemplify ethical behavior; exhibit a strong work ethic; and continue to develop their leadership, performance and service skills.
  • Technology supports and enhances instruction, business operations, research and communications.
  • The Board of Education, district educators/staff, parents, community members and business leaders must collaborate and work as a team to enhance educational opportunities for student success.